MP accuses Government of 'ripping off' rail passengers

The Government is "ripping off" passengers and taxpayers with another round of rail fare rises, Green MP Caroline Lucas has said.

We have to put up with unreliable services, overcrowding and some of the highest fares in Europe.

Since the railways were sold off, the cost of train travel has risen by 17%, and in recent years the cost to the taxpayer has more than doubled. Meanwhile, shareholders are generating huge profits.

By taking back individual franchises when they expire, or when companies fail to meet their conditions, the Government could save over £1 billion a year every year. This is money that could and should be reinvested in services, and also used to reduce fares.

– Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion

Ms Lucas, who collected signatures outside Brighton Railway Station today, said her constituents were "sick of paying a fortune for train services which aren't good enough".

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